GOOD news continues to flow for harness racing in South Australia.
Following the announcement earlier this week that prizemoney will return to pre COVID levels, Harness Racing SA has announced another sensational enhancement for the state.
As of the last weekend in August, the governing body will host a $10,000 Super Saturday.
In what is a welcome boost for local owners and trainers, $10,000 will be on offer for the race program.
“One of our board’s key objectives is to increase prizemoney to participants that have been loyal to SA and contributed positively to the harness racing industry in this state,” HRSA chairman George Fiacchi said.
“The ability to not only restore prizemoney to pre-covid levels, but increase them, has been made possible through the industry coming together and producing a top quality wagering product over the past few months, during a very challenging period.
“As long as we keep producing an attractive, quality product and wagering remains at its current levels we will continue to increase prizemoney rewarding SA-owned and trained horses.”
The latest announcement also follows HRSA’s decision to return racing to Port Pirie.
Port Pirie, which hasn’t had a meeting since the original Corona virus lockdowns last March, is set to host Tuesday night programs.
Harness Racing SA has enjoyed a healthy return on recent Tuesday night racing at Globe Derby and is looking to extend the success at the provincial circuit as of August 11.
The venue will begin hosting meetings from Saturday, July 25.
“We look forward to supporting the local harness racing community by making Port Pirie a regular racing venue once again,” HRSA chief executive Ross Neal said.
“In moving to Tuesday nights HRSA is mindful that this represents a change from the previous racing structure at Port Pirie, however, the need to both maximize returns and promote a consistent wagering product is paramount in the current fast-paced and ever-evolving harness racing landscape.”
Details of the `Super Saturday’ programs will be advised shortly and available on the HRSA website.